In the first five months of this year, more than 18,000 foreign-invested enterprises were established nationwide, up 48.6% year-on-year and 12.4% compared with the same period in 2019, among which the paid-in investment from the EU increased by 16.8% year-on-year. Does this mean that China is still an important foreign investment destination despite the rising anti-globalization trend?(2021-06-17)
Since the beginning of this year, China's foreign investment has achieved rapid growth, especially the number of newly established foreign-invested enterprises, which fully shows the recognition of foreign investors for China's business environment and their confidence in long-term investment in China.
As you mentioned just now, the paid-in EU investment in China increased by 16.8% in the first five months of this year. We have also noticed that the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China recently released the Business Confidence Survey 2021, which shows that among the respondents, 73% were profitable last year, about 68% were optimistic about the business prospect of their industries in the next two years, 60% plan to expand their business in China this year, and a quarter are or will soon strengthen their supply chain in China. Investors from all over the world, including European enterprises, have proven through actions that China is still an important destination for global foreign investment. Thank you.